By Kathy L. Collins

After years of renovations, the Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin is ready to cut the ribbon on the fabulous cultural venue located at 101 1st Ave. in Ruskin on Wednesday, September 25 beginning at 10 a.m. The public is invited.

It all began in 2010 when the Ruskin Community Development Foundation petitioned the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners to use the vacated firehouse as a community cultural center. After years of renovations, the Firehouse Cultural Center started to offer limited programming in 2012.

The 2013-2014 year promises to be an exciting year of culture. The Firehouse Cultural Center will offer a Family Concert Series, Youth Orchestra, Firehouse Cabaret, Artists’ Workshops, theatre, special community events and more. The Firehouse Cultural Center offers diverse programs, classes, workshops and performance in all of the arts (performing, visual and literary).

The goal of those who founded and worked hard to make the Firehouse Cultural Center a reality is that it will be a hub for community activities, that it will stimulate and support and encourage economic opportunity.

The Firehouse Cultural Center is moving into a phase of full programming and now has a permanent Executive Director. Georgia Vahue comes to the Firehouse Cultural Center with a depth of expertise that comes from years of experience in all aspects of the arts. Vahue passionately believes that art humanizes, connects us, strengthens our communities and strongly believes that arts education can make a difference in a child’s life.

On Saturday, September 28 at 3 p.m., the first of five Family Concerts featuring the Southshore Symphony Orchestra Ensemble will begin.  Admission for this event is $10 for adults, $5 for children (under the age of three are free).

For more information, please visit or call 645-7651.


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